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Here are the goals for feeding yourself during pregnancy, in their order of importance:
- Nourish yourself and your baby.
- Lay the foundation for feeding your family.
- Gain the amount of weight that is right for you, in your own distinct pattern.
To achieve those goals, be nurturing and trusting with yourself. Feed yourself enjoyably and dependably. Provide, don't deprive. Seek food rather than avoid it. In short, use pregnancy as a time to improve your
Eating competently will allow you to do well nutritionally and gain weight in a way that is right for you.
Be positive and reliable about taking care of yourself with food. Emphasize three meals a day and as many snacks as you need to feel comfortable and energetic.
Choose food you enjoy. For you to maintain the meal habit, your food has to be good!
Trust yourself. Your hunger, appetite, and weight gain will be different from that of other women and will vary month to month and among your first, second and third trimesters.
What it all boils down to is trust your body. Pregnancy in general and eating during pregnancy in particular give you a marvelous opportunity to gain respect for your body and for the miracle of giving birth.
Don't spoil it by dieting or by worrying about your weight!
For more information, see
Eating for Pregnancy
For more eating competently (and for research backing up this advice), see Ellyn Satter's
Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook, Kelcy Press, 2008.
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